preschool teaching staff

 
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MELISSA BALICKI

NURSERY YOUNGER CLASS TEACHER

Melissa was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She enjoyed studying and playing sports throughout her elementary and high school, especially cross country running and Nordic skiing.  Melissa was accepted into the teaching program at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Education.  Melissa has always had a passion for teaching and loves interacting with children.  She has worked in daycares, kindergartens and a variety of school settings.  For nine years she lived and taught at International schools in China. Melissa is very adventurous and loves exploring new places. She has travelled to Australia, Europe and all around Asia.  During her travels she enjoyed meeting people and learning about different cultures.  In Shanghai, China she met her Polish husband and got married. Their son Oliver was born there too. His Chinese name is “Xiao Bai Long” , which means “Little White Dragon”. Melissa enjoys spending her time with her family and friends. In her spare time she likes to go to the gym.

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MARIA DAMRATH

NURSERY YOUNGER TEACHING ASSISTANT

Maria Damrath is a graduate of the University of Gdańsk, where she completed a B.A. Degree in Teaching English and an M.A. in Pedagogy. Her teaching adventure started in Gdańsk, where she worked mostly with children in both state schools and private language schools. Constant willingness to evolve and the fascination with British culture led her to the UK, where for several years she continued working in a Pre-prep school, which enabled her to develop new skills and gain professional experience. During her stay in England she had the opportunity to explore children’s literature and she fell in love with picture books. In her free time, she writes reviews of children’s books on her blog called Let’s read in English and encourages teachers and parents to read to children in English.

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Anna Sobieszek

NURSERY OLDER CLASS TEACHER

Anna is a teaching assistant in Nursery JA. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk nwith a B.A. in Early Education with English and started studyig to obtain a Master's degree. So far, Ania has gained experience teaching English to young learners in a language school. She is an optimist who loves working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching TV series and cooking.

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katarzyna bąk

NURSERY OLDER CLASS TEACHER

Katarzyna Bąk is the Reception DK teaching assistant. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk with B. A. in Early Education with English and is continuing to obtain a Master's degree. So far, Kasia has been teaching English to children in language schools and volunteered as a special educator for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She spent several summers working in England and getting real experience with everyday language. Kasia enjoys travelling, roller skating and baking.

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klaudia nieroda

RECEPTION KA TEACHER

English has always been important for Klaudia Nieroda. Studies at the University of Gdańsk, majoring in English Philology helped her to deepen her passion. Working in British International School allows her to develop her next passion which is childcare. Watching the progress of children pleases her the most. In her spare time, she likes to watch old movies, read American and British literature, and cook.

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ANNA MASŁOWSKA

RECEPTION KA TEACHING ASSISTANT

She was born in a lovely town in the north-east part of Poland where she disovered the mysterious and fascinating world of books. Anna graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin with master's degree in Polish Philology. Then, she embarked on a journey to explore the world. What she finally discovered was that she wants to be an English teacher. Therefore, she completed an ESL postgraduated studies at the University of Warsaw. She worked as a teaching assistant, Polish and English teacher for international, Polish and language schools. Reading is still her greatest passion but Anna also loves to dance and travel as much as she can.

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Dorota jaros

0 DK CLASS TEACHER

Dorota Jaros is a Reception teacher. She has worked as an English teacher in several preschool and language schools in Tri-City. She has always wanted to teach young children as they are eager to learn and excited about world. She has a passion for kids and she loves to build on their imagination and she incorporates it into learning.  Working with children gives her a lot of satisfaction as each day is different and surprising. Dorota Jaros graduated from the University of Gdańsk with Masters degree in English and Postgraduate studies in Early Years Education.

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KAROLINA SZAPIEL

CLASS 0 DK TEACHING ASSISTANT

Karolina graduated from the Uiniversity of Gdańsk with B.A in Early Education with English. From an early age, British culture was her great interest. Quickly, she fell in love with their accent as well. She knew that she wanted to do something related to English in the future. She loves watching documentary films - especially crime ones - it's her main hobby. In the free time, she loves to cycle and bake pastries. Her lifetime motto is: always be a good and kind human being. 

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NATALIA KNOPIK

0 NM CLASS TEACHER

Natalia joined the British International School Gdańsk in 2011. She graduated from the University of Gdansk with B.A. in Early Education with English, and M.A. in Pedagogy of Early Education. Natalia also completed Management in Education postgraduate studies. She holds a number of CPD certificates including Assessment for Learning, Jolly Phonics and Grammar, Dyslexia in the Foreign Language Classroom and many more. Natalia took a gap year which she spent in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She also worked for several years as an English teacher before BISG. Natalia has taught various age groups from the Foundation Stage to KS2. She particularly enjoyed teaching Year 3 at BISG. He favourite part of teaching is being able to implement a project-oriented approach, which enables children to participate in variety of fun educational activities, such as experiments, cooking, building things from recyclables, making mock-ups etc. In her spare time, she spends quality time with her husband and little son. Natalia loves travelling, her all-time favourite destination is Spain.

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ALEKSANDRA KONIECZNY

CLASS 0 NM TEACHING ASSISTANT

Aleksandra graduated from the University of Gdańsk where she earned her master’s degree in Special Education. She also earned her postgraduate degree in Preschool and Early School Education as well as a diploma in Maria Montessorri's Early Childchood Education. Aleksandra has been working as a preschool teacher since 2008. In her work, she loves meeting children's needs, interests and talents. Currently, she is stretching her experience in using elements of the Montessori Method outside of a Montessorian classroom. In her free time, she works for the Polish Montessori Institute as a trainer, learns about Asperger's syndrome and diabetes mellitus or she sews bags on a sewing machine.

 

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lucyna draczyńska

0 LD CLASS TEACHER | DEPUTY HEAD OF EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION FOR PRESCHOOL

Lucyna Draczyńska is a Reception teacher. Before she gained teaching experience as an English teacher at SWPS University, in a preschool and in language schools. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk where she completed an M.A. in Early Education. In later years, she completed postgraduate studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis, speech therapy and working with children with special educational needs. She also has a history of working as an author of educational multimedia courses for children with special educational needs. She loves to make children enjoy gaining knowledge and watch them discover how fascinating the world is. In her spare time, she likes to play board games, travel and cycle.

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dorota boroszko

CLASS 1 LD TEACHING ASSISTANT

Dorota graduated from the English Department at the University of Gdańsk and the Spanish Department at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. After gaining experience at various language schools, she decided to take a year off to travel and live in Ireland. During her stay, she worked as an au pair with 3-5 years old children. Back in Poland, she worked as an English teacher in bilingual preschools before making her way to BISG, where she can exercise her passions: working with children, working with languages and working in an international environment. In her free time, she enjoys being surrounded by nature, trekking and taking photographs of her trips and travels, as well as dancing, cooking or baking.

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anna bukowska

1 AK CLASS TEACHER

Anna joined BISG team in 2017. After graduating from the University of Gdask in 2012,  she moved to London where she lived for five years. During this time, she taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in English language schools as well as she held the position of a teaching assistant in a primary school. She also has got experience teaching EAL (English as Additional Language) in both primary school and Gimnazjum in Poland. She loves reading books, travelling and cooking. 

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Karolina Kryszewska

CLASS 1 AK TEACHING ASSISTANT

Karolina is a Class 0 teacher assistant from 2017. In 2010, she established a team for young scouts aged 6-9. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Gdańsk with B.A. in Early Education with English and she is doing the Master Degree. She used to work as a teacher assistant during her last year of Bachelor studies and then she continued to teach English in two pre-schools and in Go Global Language School teaching class 0 and class 2. She has great experience o working as a counsellor at holiday camps, taking care of the youngest. She loves having fun with kids, cycling, rollerblading, camping and playing the guitar.

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KLAUDIA ZWALIŃSKA

1 KE CLASS TEACHER

Klaudia Zwalińska is a Class 0 teacher in the British International School Gdańsk. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a B.A in Early Education with English and she is finishing her Master's degree in Special Education also at the University of Gdańsk. Klaudia has worked in the British International School Gdańsk since October 2013, previously as a common room (świetlica) teacher, then as a Teacher Assistant. Klaudia loves people and the world around her. She is always helpful and friendly.

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ewelina stańczykowska

CLASS 1 KE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Ewelina has worked in BISG since October 2012, previously as a common room (świetlica) teacher. Then she was in Class 1 as a Teaching Assistant. This year she is working with the as a Reception Teaching Assistant. She graduated from Akademia Marynarki Wojennej with a B.A. in Pedagogy. She holds M.A. degree from the University of Gdańsk in Rehabilitation Pedagogy. Ewelina enjoys dancing and singing in every possible moment. She tries to spread positive vibes all around her. In addition to that, she likes to read books and spend time with animals. Her motto is: Work hard and be nice to people.

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maja kowalewska

1 MA CLASS TEACHER

Maja has worked at BISG since 2016. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Nursery teacher and an English Teacher. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a B.A. in Early Education with English. She also has a Master's Degree in Supporting of Early Development of Children with Disabilities. Additionally, Maja completed Physiotherapy studies in the Management College. In her free time, she practices Christian meditation and does various physical activities.

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Adriana Wielgosz

1 MA CLASS TEACHER | SPANISH

Adriana has graduated from the University of Gdańsk in the Early Childhood Education in English. In her career, she was a 3rd grade teacher and she also had classes with special needs children. This experience gave her a whole new look on how to work with kids. Since she was 16, she babysat for a couple of families, caring for children age 6 months - 5 years. She also gained experience doing student practice in public and private kindergartens, as well as in an integrated primary school. There, not only did she took care of the children but also conducted general and English lessons. Adriana is also a make-up artist, it's her hobby and a second job.

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anna świetlińska

MUSIC | LIBRARIAN

Anna Świetlińska has earned a Master of Arts degree from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk with specialisation in teaching and percussion instruments. Her has gained experience by attending musical elementary and high schools, as well as a post-diploma period at Conservatoire de Musique in Brest, France. She plays various percussion instruments ranging from marimba, through timpani to drum sets. She performed live with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. She also plays the piano, the violin and the recorder. Anna's love for travelling brought her to live in many countries; she spent 3 years in England and over 10 years in the United States where she graduated from a medical college.

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olga ciołek

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Olga graduated in Physical Education, Sport Tourism and Recreation from the Physical Education and Sport Academy in Gdańsk. She also studied Sport at the Gerlev Academy in Denmark. She was a Physical Education teacher at the "Boys and Girls" club in United States. Olga was also a judo competitor for ten years.

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paulina bobrowicz - tempińska

FRENCH

Paulina spent 7 years of her childhood in the Democratic Republic of Kongo in Africa, where she learnt French, as Zair (its name then) was at that time a Belgium colony. As a grown woman, she graduated in Roman Philology at the University of Gdańsk (specialised in Teaching French as a Foreign Language) and obtained qualifications of a sworn translator in French. Paulina has been teaching French for 15 years and hopes to do it as long as possible. She is a mother of a 8-year-old boy Paweł with whom she loves to swim, play football or bascetball and read.

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KATARZYNA BARANIAK

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE | SPEECH THERAPIST